The best method I know for successfully changing out your home decor for a new season involves just a few steps:
1) Create a blank slate. I got this idea from The Nester, who calls it Quieting the Room. She talks about it brilliantly here and here and also in her books, The Nesting Place and The Cozy Minimalist. Basically, you remove everything from the surfaces along with pillows and seasonal items, leaving only the foundational pieces - furniture, rugs, tables, lamps, etc…
2) Find something that speaks to you. Let it be the inspiration for the season’s decor.
So, in this case, I bought the rooster print (50% off at Hobby Lobby) then found decor items that I already owned to go with it. Check your stash of stuff before you buy more.
3) Add a little bit at a time, rather than in a mad rush, so you can be creative. Holiday decorating does not have to mean pulling out everything in your red and green tubs. Slow down and see what feels right this year. The Nester talks about this HERE. Perhaps some branches from the yard or the extra boughs left over at the Christmas tree lot will serve as decor, filling the room with texture from nature.
All of this aligns with slowing down bit, making things simple and being mindful about what we let into our homes. I’m currently sharing a book that I’ve loved over the years about finding joy in the simple things. You can read about it HERE.
You are the home - maker. You set the tone. Have FUN. Be CREATIVE. Take JOY.